Walter Leal: A New Vision for Higher Education
June 29, 2012
DAVIS--Chemical ecologist Walter Leal, professor and former chair of the UC Davis Department of Entomology, has long been active in promoting an educational exchange between his native Brazil and the United States.
He recently penned an opinion piece headlined "A New Vision for Higher Education," published June 28, 2012 in the Forum section of Davis Enterprise. In it, he related that Brazil provides tuition-free universities and suggested that California can learn from what Brazil is doing.
"Imagine a state that so values higher education that it provides tuition-free universities to its students," he began. "Imagine a state where the students graduate debt-free. Imagine a state that allocates 10 percent of its overall budget to finance these tuition-free universities."
"Imagine a state where 1 percent of the state tax is earmarked for research in all areas of human endeavor, whether it be applied or fundamental, social science or engineering, humanities or medicine."
"Welcome to São Paulo, Brazil."
Debbie Davis, editor of the Davis Enterprise, granted the Department of Entomology permission on June 29, 2012 to post a PDF of the viewpoint article.
--Kathy Keatley Garvey
UC Davis Department of Entomology